When Is a Gas Leak Dangerous?

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Gas leaks are a serious concern for homeowners, as they can prove to be costly and lead to a deterioration of health. New homeowners, or even more seasoned ones can miss the warning signs of a gas leak, whether they are unaware of them, or because they didn’t know what to look for. A gas leak becomes dangerous when it is not addressed and left for too long, as it not only leads to damages to the house, but also to those who live there. It is important to understand the causes, warning signs, and what to do if there is a gas leak. If you suspect there to be a gas leak in your home, or you know there is one, call LA Plumbing Company  for help at (424) 201-0202.

Causes of a Gas Leak

Gas lines, like any other part of your home, become worn down over time. The changing weather causes the pipes to expand and contract, weakening the pipes and making them susceptible to damage such as corrosion. It is important to check lines, especially around major appliances, such as a stove, dryer, and water heater, to check for deterioration to the seals that connect the appliance to the gas line.

Poor ventilation can also lead to a gas leak as it prevents the carbon monoxide, a byproduct of natural gas, from being able to escape your home. It is essential to check and make sure that all vents and fireplaces are clean, in order to avoid having a block or buildup. (It is also important to make sure that when rearranging a room that no heavy furniture is accidentally placed over a vent.) Routine Roofing maintenance work can also cause gas leaks, as roofers can accidentally knock into vents and pipes, causing them to break, which will lead to poor ventilation in the home.

Opening up all windows and doors, when there is a suspected ventilation problem or a possible gas leak, will help resolve the issue by allowing the natural gas to escape from your home.

Signs of a Leak

There are several physical sensory indicators that can make you aware of a gas leak in your home. Make yourself familiar with them, to better help protect you, your family, and your home.

Smell: The scent of rotten eggs in your home is an early sign of there being a gas leak. If you notice this smell, don’t go fishing around your home for the source. Instead, open up windows and doors then leave immediately, for natural gas can cause some alarming health concerns. (It is vital that you do not unplug any appliances or turn off any light switches, as doing so can cause a spark which will ignite the gas causing a fire.)

Sound: As gas escapes the pipe, there is a high-pitched hissing sound, similar to that of a boiling tea kettle. If you hear this sound and are not making a cup of tea, then you can be pretty sure that there is a gas leak in your home and professional help is needed.

Changes in Environment: If you notice the vegetation around your home beginning to wither than you make have a gas leak outside of the home. Plants are affected by the carbon monoxide from the natural gas. Also, check the ground around your home for any bubbling in the dirt, this often indicates gas build up.

Other indicators include condensation build up on the windows and a rise in your monthly gas bill. (This is also true of minor leaks. If you are not noticing any other signs except for a rise in your gas bill, it would still be safe to seek professional help.)

The smell of rotten eggs and the feeling of nausea are all warning signs of a gas leak.

Physical Health: If you are still unsure as to whether or not you are experiencing a gas leak, take a moment to become aware of how you are feeling. The feeling of nausea, headaches, chest pains, nosebleeds, and fatigue are all caused by being exposed to carbon monoxide, a byproduct of natural gas. Carbon Monoxide is extremely toxic to humans and left unattended for too long, can lead to unconsciousness and even death. If you notice these symptoms accompanied by the hissing sound and the smell of rotten eggs, leave your home immediately, and call , at (424) 201-0202. Just as you take the safety of your home and family seriously, we take gas leaks seriously and make them a top priority.  

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From higher gas bills to severe health implications, gas leaks are a serious problem. If you feel that there might be a leak in your home, contact at (424) 201-0202 for professional gas leak repair in Torrance, CA. We understand that safety is your number one priority, and it is ours too. It is our mission at LA Plumbing to provide dependable and solid solutions so that a gas leak doesn’t steal another moment from what matters most, you and your family.